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Florida State, Leonard Hamilton agree to contract extension



Florida State and men's basketball coach Leonard Hamilton have agreed in principle to a two-year contract extension that would run through the 2018-19 season, the school announced Wednesday.

"Our goal is to be in the NCAA Tournament annually," athletic director Stan Wilcox said in a statement. "Leonard has led this program admirably since 2002. This extension positions him to continue attracting the kind of talent we need to compete in the ACC and nationally."

Hamilton has done that since taking over the Seminoles in 2002. He was the ACC's coach of the year in 2009 and 2012, and his 252 wins are the most in program history. The Noles' 2012 ACC championship was the first in school history.

FSU enters tomorrow's 7 p.m. game at Duke 16-11 overall and 6-9 in the ACC. ESPN projects the Noles to appear in a play-in game in this year's tournament.

"I am pleased with the faith President (John) Thrasher and Stan have shown in me," Hamilton said. "We feel good about our program and its direction, and we are excited about the future. We believe we are on the verge of accomplishing something special here, and this will allow us an opportunity to do so."

And here's Thrasher's statement: "We have made a substantial investment in basketball here at FSU, and that commitment is visible to anyone who walks into the Tucker Center these days because construction is ongoing. With that kind of commitment come higher expectations. Leonard has taken our program to great heights during his time here, and we believe and expect that he will again. This extension represents our belief that he will put a first class team on the court, and our continuing commitment to that belief."

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 12:44pm]


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